Women's Rights: Northern Ireland Good Friday Agreement

Strand Three: Rights, Safeguards and Equality of Opportunity

Human Rights

- the right of women to full and equal political participation.

Rights, Safeguards and Equality of Opportunity

Economic, Social and Cultural Issues

1. Pending the devolution of powers to a new Northern Ireland Assembly, the British Government will pursue broad policies for sustained economic growth and stability in Northern Ireland and for promoting social inclusion, including in particular community development and the advancement of women in public life.

Implementation History

1998

No Implementation

The accord does not stipulate any specific programs or laws to be changed in the country. Women's representation in politics is increasing but remains well below 50 percent. In a 108 member assembly, there were 18 women recently elected.1 However, law ensuring equal treatment of both women and men in employment was not passed.

1999

No Implementation

No developments observed this year.

2000

Full Implementation

So far as the advancement of women in economic and social life and employment opportunities, the statutory laws of Northern Ireland (Year 2000, No. 8) ensure equal treatment of both women and men in terms of employment opportunities.2

2001

Full Implementation

Law ensuring equal treatment of both women and men in employment was not passed in 2000. In 2001, 14 women were elected to the assembly, which increased the number to 20 in total or 18% in 2011.3

  • 3. "Business - Votes for women up in Northern Ireland," Irish News, May 10, 2011.
2002

Full Implementation

No further developments observed.

2003

Full Implementation

No further developments observed.

2004

Full Implementation

No further developments observed.

2005

Full Implementation

No further developments observed.

2006

Full Implementation

No further developments observed.

2007

Full Implementation

No further developments observed.